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Federal Court Invalidates Patent Troll Case Against EFI and Others

Press release from the issuing company

FOSTER CITY, Calif. - EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, announced that a federal court has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Digitech Image Technologies, LLC ostensibly related to digital image processing technology.

Digitech, a subsidiary of the non-practicing entity Acacia Research Corporation, had filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against EFI and dozens of others, including EFI customers and retailers like Overstock.com and Buy.com, alleging infringement of US Patent No. 6,128,415. EFI requested that the court strike the infringement allegations against EFI's products and invalidate the asserted patent.

On August 6, 2013, the court invalidated the patent and entered judgment against Digitech and in favor of EFI and the other remaining 34 defendants. Rejecting Digitech's efforts to save its patent, the court recognized that even Digitech's most "creative arguments" could not "salvage an unpatentable principle and transform it into a patentable process." The court concluded that asserted claims are "intangible, possess no meaningful non-abstract limitations, and are therefore ineligible for patent protection."

While Digitech had extracted settlements from a number of parties, EFI refused to settle, insisting that it was never a proper party to the case in the first place.

"We are pleased that the court invalidated the patent, but it was clear this case should never have been filed," said EFI General Counsel Bryan Ko. "It is yet another illustration of how patent trolls are clogging the judicial system and wasting public resources. Until the system changes, however, EFI won't be bullied into settling these abusive lawsuits."


By p. long on Aug 14, 2013

congratulations to EFI et.al.!!!

software and "concept/business process" patents have allowed NPEs (patent trolls) to come into existence and parasitize the the economy of the United States. the lawyers in the U.S. Congress should consult with people that understand mathematics (viz. lambda calculus) rather than other lawyers, all of whom think that high-school algebra is advanced mathematics and don't understand software, and remove this stupid concept from the legal system.


By Carl Gerhardt on Aug 19, 2013

It's great that EFI had the courage to fight this. Hopefully this will send a message to the patent trolls that industry suppliers will fight these useless actions. They also seem to target the small and uninformed printers that utilize technology as well as the vendors. Hopefully other industry suppliers will follow the example of EFI.



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